Scott McTominay: Goal machine! Winners and losers as Scotland midfielder leads Man Utd to dominant Everton victory

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The 26-year-old enjoyed a superb recent international break, and he carried that form back into the Premier League with a strike on Saturday

While Manchester United's big-name attacking players lost their heads against Jordan Pickford, Scott McTominay kept his. All of a sudden, the much-maligned midfielder has turned into something of a goal machine.

Antony and Marcus Rashford's confidence melted when they came face-to-face with the England goalkeeper, who kept Everton in the match despite United dominating the first half and having 20 shots before the break.

But McTominay was ruthless with the chance he got, his fifth goal in as many games for club and country putting United at ease in a game that could have slipped away from them, especially if Ellis Simms had taken a glorious chance down the other end.

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Elsewhere in Saturday's 2-0 win for United, Bruno Fernandes was in dominant mood in the middle of the park and Anthony Martial showed that he is always has a chance of scoring even when on the pitch for a smattering of minutes.

GOAL breaks down the winners & losers from Old Trafford...

  1. WINNER: Scott McTominay

    WINNER: Scott McTominay

    With Rashford and Antony wasting chance after chance and Aaron Wan-Bissaka conjuring up arguably the worst miss of the season, it fell to McTominay to calm United's nerves.

    Pickford was saving everything United threw at him, but he stood no chance against McTominay, who latched onto Jadon Sancho's through ball and with one touch had the ball in the net.

    The midfielder grabbed a stunning four goals for Scotland against Spain and Cyprus last month, and many United fans were hoping he would pick up where he left off for his club.

    He had little joy in front of goal against Newcastle or Brentford, but he showed here he can offer an extra striking threat in and around the area.

    It was his first goal in the Premier League since December 2021 and, given his shooting ability, he should be scoring a lot more. It's up to United to ensure he gets in the positions.

  2. LOSER: Everton's full-backs
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    LOSER: Everton's full-backs

    United had 20 shots in the first half and most of them came down Everton's left-hand side, where Ben Godfrey had an utter horror show.

    He kept on being beaten for pace by Antony, and his weakness meant United were encouraged to launch long passes into the space behind him.

    Godfrey was hooked at half-time and Vitalii Mykolenko was a big improvement, helping Everton get a foothold in the game and hope of finding an equaliser.

    But another full-back was the architect of their downfall, as Seamus Coleman was out-foxed by a long pass from Lisandro Martinez, allowing Rashford to tee up Martial to put the game out of sight.

  3. WINNER: Bruno Fernandes
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    WINNER: Bruno Fernandes

    The Portugal international was hailed as a 'dictator' by Erik ten Hag after the Brentford game and he was in monstrous form again here.

    His defensive work meant United barely missed Casemiro in the final match before the Brazilian returns from his suspension, and Fernandes was also running the show from deep, launching attack after attack with passes into the feet of the forwards.

    He was also in the mood to score himself, nearly catching Pickford out with a header and having two other attempts which the Everton 'keeper did well to stop.

    Hopefully Casemiro's return will allow him to get further forward, but if the former Real Madrid man does miss another game, United know they can rely on Fernandes to do a stellar job.

  4. LOSER: Aaron Wan-Bissaka

    The defender was not signed from Crystal Palace for his scoring ability, which is a good thing, because when he was presented with the simplest of chances here, he couldn't even hit the target.

    Everton were rattled by United's early pressure, and when Antony's shot hit the post and left Pickford floored, the ball fell at the feet of Wan-Bissaka.

    It was pretty much the dream scoring opportunity, with no one around him and more than two-thirds of the goal to aim at.

    Somehow, though, he dragged the shot painfully wide.

    Wan-Bissaka has come along way under Erik ten Hag and defensively is a much better option than Diogo Dalot. But it will take him a while to get over a miss like this.

    He has not scored since February 2021, and he will not get a better opportunity to find the net for a while.

  5. WINNER: Anthony Martial
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    WINNER: Anthony Martial

    Martial's injury problems are well-known, but when he is on the pitch, United just look more dangerous. He can just sense how to create danger and his movement is leagues above Wout Weghorst's.

    It was not exactly a difficult chance for his goal, but Martial made the most of it, knocking Rashford's square pass beyond Pickford with one touch.

    Despite just 12 appearances and six starts, he has four Premier League goals to his name, making him the team's joint-third top scorer along with Sancho, behind Rashford (15) and Fernandes (5).

  6. LOSER: Antony
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    LOSER: Antony

    The Brazilian could not be faulted for his effort. As against Brentford, he was in a lively mood, and combined well with Sancho, Rashford and Fernandes.

    But he had four good opportunities to score and could not take any of them before being substituted on the hour mark to make way for Martial.

    He has not found the net in the Premier League since October, and he hasn't got a single assist for United.

    Those are damning numbers for an £84-million signing, and United must demand more from him.